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Chris And The Wonderful Lamp, a musical extravaganza with music by John Philip Sousa, is performed at the Victoria Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
Musical extravaganza The Sleeping Beauty And The Beast closes at The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after 241 performances.
The Wizard Of Oz is playing at The Grand Opera House, Chicago. Illinois, USA.
The stage play R.U.R. [Rossum's Universal Robots], written by Karel Capek, has its first performance, a production by the amateur theatrical society Klicpera in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Europe. The play is memorable mostly because it marks the first time the word robot is ever used, having been coined by Capek's brother Josef. The word catches on and will inspire others writers, film-makers and song-writers. Memorable songs inspired by robots include Robot Man by Connie Francis [1960], The Robots by Kraftwerk [1978], Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan[1979].
Jelly Roll Morton records Grandpa's Spells and Kansas City Stomp for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Burl Ives records Old Witch Old Witch, The Little Turtle and The Moon's The North Wind's Cookie in Columbia Recording Studio, 30th Street, New York City, USA.
The Ice Capades Of 1953 present their version of the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon at Chicago Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon record their composition Hoochie Coochie Man for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hoochie Coochie Man will directly inspire Bo Diddley to write and record I'm A Man (1955), which will in its turn, inspire Waters to compose and record Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy) (1955).
Marty Robbins releases a new single, Ghost Train, in the USA.
T-Bone Walker, The Sims Twins, The Falcons, Lonnie Sattin and Nichelle Nichols play at The Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Nichols will find considerably greater fame as Lt. Uhura in the tv series Star Trek.
Jimmy Dean releases a new single, To A Sleeping Beauty, on Columbia Records in the USA.
The Zombies notch up their second Billboard Singles Chart entry in the USA with Tell Her No.
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Robert Bartleh Cummings is born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA. He will achieve widespread notoriety as shock-rock musician Rob Zombie.
David Bowie And The Buzz play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK.
Donovan releases his second album, Fairytale, in the UK.
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Aspiring British rock musician David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, just in time for the release of his new single, Can't Help Thinking About Me.
In The Year 2525 by Zager And Evans reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
Black Sabbath release their debut LP, Black Sabbath, on Vertigo Records in the UK.
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Pink Floyd begin recording the song Great Gig In The Sky in >EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK. It will appear on their album Dark Side Of The Moon,
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David Bowie makes his final appearance as Ziggy Stardust with a show at Hammersmith odeon, London, UK.
The Wiz, a contemporary musical re-make of the movie Wizard Of Oz, featuring an all-black cast, opens at The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays in The Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
David Bowie, Iggy Pop and others are arrested on felony pot possession charges in a hotel in Rochester, New York State, USA,
Tubeway Army (Gary Numan) release a new single, Are 'Friends' Electric, on Beggars Banquet Records in the UK.
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Lucasfilm Ltd. files a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell, who has been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm believes despite the two Ys, the name is too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Woodland Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA.
On his Sound + Vision tour, David Bowie plays at The Arènes de Frejus, Fréjus, France, Europe.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at MTK Stadium, Budapest, Hungary, Europe, with Kim Wilde as his special guest.
On his Sound And Vision Tour, David Bowie plays at Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain, Europe, with Kim Wilde as his special guest.
Hazel O'Connor and Megahype play at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, supported by Duran Duran. Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran joins O'Connor to do backing vocals during her encore performance of David Bowie's Suffragette City.
The first Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, continues at the Rogue Lounge in Providence, New Jersey, USA. Artists appearing today, the second of the festival's three nights, include The Bevis Frond, Flying Saucer Attack, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mary Lou Lord and Tadpoles.
On his A Reality Tour, David Bowie's concert at The James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida, USA, is cancelled after lighting technician Walter "Wally Gator" Thomas falls to his death prior to Bowie going onstage.
Gorillaz release their second LP, Demon Days, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
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The Foo Fighters play a concert for 500 competition-winning fans in the abandoned Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico, USA, site of the alleged alien autopsy that followed the crash of an equally alleged UFO.
Struggling elderly blues musician Seasick Steve performs Dog House Boogie on BBC tv show Jools Holland's 14th New Year's Eve Hootenanny in London, UK. Within a week, visitors to his website rocket from 75 to 1.7m, and his career is launched.
Kraftwerk begin an eight-night '3D' residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA. Each night of the residency features a different Kraftwerk album played in its entirety, accompanied by a '3D visualization' of the record. This, the first night, features their 1974 breakthrough album Autobahn.
Cocorosie play during The Meltdown Festival at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK.
It is revealed, via an interview in Us magazine, that Lady Gaga plans to become the first professional musician to sing in space, a goal she hopes to achieve in early 2015 during a commercial flight on a Virgin Galactic ship travelling into sub-orbital space.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Damon Albarn releases a new LP, Everyday Robots, on Parlophone Records in Australia.
David Bowie dies of liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. He had been diagnosed with the illness eighteen months earlier.
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Just days after the death of David Bowie, his 1972 single Starman re-enters the Official UK Singles Chart at No1. Also, his latest album, Blackstar, debuts at No1 with combined sales approaching 150,000, giving him his tenth chart-topping record and the fastest-selling album of the year so far.
On their The End World Tour, Black Sabbath play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The New Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Colston Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the first of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.